ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Almost non-existent. Appearence: light golden, thin white head, visible carbonation. Flavor: light hops, nothing really stands out. Palate: Almost watery, too thin. Overall Impression: Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing outstanding either. Would prefer sometihng hoppier and bolder for an "extra" IPA.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard to go wrong with this beer. Bottle from Martin’s in Mount Laurel, NJ. Hazy copper supporting a long lasting light beige head. Aroma like a pine forrest from a bike on a cool morning. Crisp citrus, mildly toasted malt and white pepper in the flavor. Dry and hippy finish and silky mouthfeel. AN may be an old guard brewer but they still turn out some fresh and killer brews.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Okay, so lets imagine a warm summer day, the balcony of your beach house with the sun slowly setting, now add in this beer and I just wrote a hallmark card.. this was a pick up from my local importer who said it came highly regarded. the initial color is typical IPA style.. translucent amber with a honey highlight. smells of honey and pine hops with a yeasty overtone.. initial hit to the palate is quite frankly AWESOME.. not too over the top because there are bits of sweetness that detract from the normal bitterness that can sometimes be too much.. heres the great thing though is that little bit of bitterness at the end shoot the hops through my tastebuds and lets me know Im drinking a man’s ale!! this is almost light enough to be a session beer but damn good enough to go through a sixer easy.. no heavy lingering aftertaste instead that honey resinates slightly throughout the finish.. very impressed, have I found my new favorite!!
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Utobeer, London. Poured a copper colour with a dissipating off white head. Aroma was caramel malt, juicy, resiny hop and citrus. Flavour had some great grassy hop character going on. Grapefruit/citrus in there too. Slightly more reserved than I was expecting but not in a bad way. Clean and crisp. Gently lingering bitter finish. Another good ’ un from Sierra Nevada fo’real.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper/golden color. Aroma is a bit flowery and citrus. Taste is some caremel,faded hops and some bitter tones. Must have been an old bottle I tried.
Cavie (4005) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color. Sweet hops but plenty of them! Taste is largely of hops but with a great balance.
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A new beer/wine store within walking distance from my house. I was plesantly suprised with their selection of beers and wanted a sixer so here she was. Didn’t realize what a delight it was going to be. I guess I should learn that Sierra Nevada rarely to never disapoints.
The appearence is a deep, dark copperish reddish brown under a fluffy white head. The aroma is floral with grapfruity citrus notes. The flavor is much the same as the aroma.
The one comment i will make is the fact that in comparison to SNPA (which I find to be hppy for a pale ale), this wasn’t as hoppy as I was expecting.
douglas88 (6946) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Pours a clear copper color with a nice foamy white head. A awesome aroma of rich citrus and pine hops, light caramel malts as well. A sweet flavor of rich hops; grapefruits and oranges, bitterness throughout, light caramel malts and bready as well. Very quaffable and tasty. I could drink a ton of this. Awesome.
chicagobears (431) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean copper color. Fresh floral hops in the nose. The freshness continues in the taste with a bold hop bite. Citrus and grapefruit dominate the flavor. Some toffee undertones that are subtle. tart and dry at the end. Another solid Sierra offering.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting, but like the other SN IPA I’ve tried, tastes NOTHING like an IPA. Some sort of mild fruity pineappple/grapfruit thing going on across the middle of the palate, but little else. A good beer, but certainly nothing remarkable. Hops? I couldn’t taste any. Tastes more like a confused strong amber/ice bock to me.